The Temptations

My Girl

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"My Girl" is the Temptations' signature tune. Written and produced by two of their Motown labelmates, Smokey Robinson and Ronald White of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, it was the group's first number one pop hit. Robinson and White wrote "My Girl" when the Miracles were performing at New York's Apollo Theater. Returning to Detroit, Robinson began recording at Motown's in-house studio with the label's session band, the Funk Brothers. The track begins with James Jamerson's bass line, which mirrors a gentle heartbeat. Along with Robert White's sinewy guitar lines, it's one of pop music's most recognizable melody riffs. "My Girl" was a magnificent showcase for David Ruffin, who'd just been given the lead vocal spot previously occupied by Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. Paul Riser wrote his superb arrangements after listening to Robinson singing the song while playing the piano. His skill made fine use of members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. "My Girl" went to number one R&B for six weeks and number one pop in early 1965. Portions of the classic were used for the Temptations' 1998 hit single "Stay" from their platinum CD Phoenix Rising.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Temptations Sing Smokey 1965 Motown / Uni 2:45
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1966 Motown 2:42
No Image 1968
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1969
Various Artists
Gordy
Motown Story 1971
Various Artists
Motown 0:00
Anthology [1973] 1973 Motown 2:44
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 9 [Original Sound 1] 1973
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:41
Cooley High 1975
Original Soundtrack
Polygram 1:49
No Image 1980 Motown
16 #1 Hits from the Early 60's 1982
Various Artists
Motown 2:42
No Image 1983
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1985
Various Artists
Pioneer
No Image 1986 Motown
Motown Legends: Love Songs 1987
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 0:00
Every Great Motown Song, Vol. 1: The 1960s 1988
Various Artists
Motown 2:43
Born on the Fourth of July [Motion Picture Soundtrack Album] 1989 MCA 2:43
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1990 Motown
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Motown
My Girl 1991
Original Soundtrack
Epic 2:43
Motown Legends: My Girl 1991 Polygram 2:42
Rhythm & Blues: 1965 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 1992
Various Artists
Motown 2:57
Now: 1992 [1993] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 2:41
Modern Love [Polygram] 1993
Various Artists
Polygram 2:41
Motown Legends: My Girl 1993 Collectables 2:42
Back to Back 1993 K-Tel Distribution
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:44
Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1965 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:58
Emperors of Soul 1994 Motown 2:56
Ocean Drive, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:55
My Girl 2 1994
Original Soundtrack
Epic 2:41
Anthology 1995 Motown 2:55
Blues & Soul 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 2:55
Motown Legends, Vol.2 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Polygram / PSM 2:44
Cruzin' to Motown 1995
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:56
The Best of the Temptations [Wise Buy] 1996 Disky / Wise Buy 3:01
The Early Classics 1996 Karussell 0:00
Motown's Greatest Hits 1997 Motown 2:40
The Ultimate Collection 1997 Motown 2:57
A Smile Like Yours 1997
Original Soundtrack
Elektra 2:45
Motown: The Very Best of the 60's 1997
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
Best Sellers of the 60's & 70's 1997
Various Artists
Best Music International 2:58
Motown 40 Forever 1998
Various Artists
Motown 2:43
Great Voice of Soul [Rivie're Int'l] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records
All Time Greatest Movie Songs [UK] 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:42
My Girl 1998 Spectrum Music 2:57
The 60's [Original Television Soundtrack] 1999
Original TV Soundtrack
Mercury 2:54
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: Rock & Roll's Greatest Love Songs 1999
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:58
Best Soul Album in the World 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 2:42
An American Love Story [Original Soundtrack] 1999
An American Love Story
Warner Bros. 2:56
20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection:  Best of the Temptations, Vol.1 - The '60s 1999 Uptown / Universal 2:42
Lost and Found: You've Got to Earn It (1962-1968) 1999 Motown 3:00
Millennium Dance Party Mix 1999
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 2:35
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:45
Millennium Dance Party: Chicago-The Beat 103.5 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 2:35
Beach Music Anthology, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:28
The Essential Cult Movies [9 Disc Box] 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:53
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:44
Millennium Soul Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the '60s 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:57
Motown: The Classic Years 2000
Various Artists
Motown 2:58
Meet the Temptations/Temptations Sing Smokey 2000 Universal International 2:45
Millennium Dance Party: Magic 102 - Dallas 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 2:35
At Their Very Best 2001 Universal International 2:43
Original Lead Singers of the Temptations 2001 Eagle Records 3:00
Pure American Soul, Vol. 1: 60's 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:44
The Best of the Temptations: New Recordings of Their Greatest Hits 2001 K-Tel Distribution 2:54
My Girl: The Very Best of the Temptations 2002 Motown 2:44
Get Ready 2002 Disky 3:01
The Love Songs of Motown 2003
Various Artists
Motown 2:59
The Very Best of 60's Gold 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:43
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 60's Motown's Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:44
The Motown Story, Vol. 1: The Sixties 2003
Various Artists
Motown 3:58
Love Songs 2004 Motown 2:58
The Millennium's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:44
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:42
Gold 2005 Motown 2:44
Motown Classics: Gold 2005
Various Artists
Motown 2:58
The Motown Box 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:10
Motown Story [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Motown 2:54
80s Movie Hits 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 0:00
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 2006
Various Artists
Motown 2:56
Motown Classics 2006
Various Artists
Drew's Famous 2:41
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick
Classic Soul Hits 2008 Universal Distribution 2:43
Playlist Plus: Motown 50th Anniversary 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:44
Favorites 2008 Motown / Universal Music 2:43
Motown 50 Fanthology 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:57
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:58
Motown 50 [International Version 2] 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Universal Distribution 2:55
Now That's What I Call Motown! 2009
Various Artists
Motown 2:57
Największe Hity z Ekranu 2010
Various Artists
Magic Records / Universal Music Group 2:42
Total Motown 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:57
Icon 2010 Motown 2:44
Songs About Love 2010
Various Artists
2:41
50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 2011 Motown 2:56
Motown the Musical: Originals – The Classic Songs That Inspired the Broadway Show 2013
Various Artists
Island / Motown 2:58
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
Various Artists
Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 2:59
Drew’s Famous Presents Ultimate Soul Collection 2017 Universal 2:58
Timeless Love Songs [2018] 2018
Various Artists
Universal 2:43
'60s Music Revolution: Magic Carpet Ride
Various Artists
Distribution Solutions / Time / Life Music 2:45
100 Essential 60's
Various Artists
Universal 2:59
100 Essential Hits, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Brunswick / Pure Records / Universal Music 2:40
100 Essential Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:39
100 Hits
Various Artists
Universal 2:41
16 #1 Hits From The Early 1960's
Various Artists
Motown 2:42
20 #1’s: Movie Love Songs
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 2:56
20 No. 1's: R&B Love Songs
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:43
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal Music 2:58
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of Motown 1960s, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
All Time Ballads
Various Artists
Universal 2:48
Best of Motown Classics
Various Artists
Universal 2:55
Easy Listening Classics: Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:45
No Image
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
I Am Stressed
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 2:40
I am in Love
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 2:39
Icon: Motown Classics, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Motown 2:55
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 2:56
Mother's Love Songs, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 2:44
No Image
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:58
Motown Hits 1960-1965
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal 2:56
Motown Hits: 1960-1965
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal 2:56
No Image
Various Artists
Motown
No Image
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:42
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:42
No Image Strategic Marketing 2:44
No Image
Various Artists
Motown / Uni 2:40
The Motown Story
Various Artists
Universal 2:56
The Roots of Motown
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Music / Universal Music Canada 3:10
The Sockhop Collection: I Hear a Symphony
Various Artists
StarVista 2:42
Total Hits, Vol. 2 [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:40